Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Black-headed Brush-finch (Arremon atricapillus)


French: Tohi à tête noire German: Schwarzkopf-Buschammer Spanish: Cerquero cabecinegro

Buarremon atricapillus


, 1874,

Bogotá, Colombia


Until recently was often placed in genus Buarremon (or Atlapetes), and considered conspecific with A. costaricensis, A. assimilis, A. basilicus, A. perijanus, A. torquatus, A. phaeopleurus and A. phygas. Molecular and morphological data indicated that all members of above-mentioned group should be treated as separate species#R#R. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. a. tacarcunae (Chapman, 1923) – E Panama (lower subtropical zone E from Panamá Province).
  • A. a. atricapillus (Lawrence, 1874) – N Colombia on lower slopes of W, C & E Andes.
  • Descriptive notes

    19 cm; average 49·5 g. A stocky brush-finch looking relatively large-headed, and with longish bill; bill larger and thicker than those of other members of “A. torquatus... read more


    Song a high-pitched series of rambling notes which proceed without breaks. Call a sharp note.


    Humid and wet forest and brushy borders, also dense old second growth. Favours dense undergrowth... read more

    Food and feeding

    Stomach contents insects, including ants (Formicidae) and beetles (Coleoptera), as well as seeds. Forages on ground, tending to keep under... read more


    Season late Apr to Jun. No other information.



    Status and conservation

    Not assessed. Until recently was treated as a race of A. torquatus, and requires assessment. Uncommon and local, sometimes fairly common. Has a relatively small... read more

    Recommended citation

    Jaramillo, A. (2020). Black-headed Brush-finch (Arremon atricapillus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 18 February 2020).